Beyond stock iOS apps: What other alternatives are there?

by Danny Zepeda | May 14, 2016May 14, 2016 10:00 am PDT

Our lives revolve around our smartphones. There’s no way of getting around that unless you turn back time and dust off that Moto Razr you have in the closet. For the rest of us, we’re immersed in apps to get most of our daily tasks and errands completed.

Apple offers some great apps out of the box, but what if you want something beyond stock? Apps such as Mail and Calendar have been the de facto apps of choice but many third-party options offer improved functionality and features.

We’ve found some great alternatives that are worth checking out.

Email by EasilyDo (link)

Email is an alternative email app that boasts such features like unsubscribing with one tap, swipe gestures, and real-time package tracking—all in a clean design that’s reminiscent of Apple’s stock app.

Wunderlist (link)

Wunderlist combines a to-do list with a sleek user interface, reminders and the ability to share lists with others.

Google Photos (link)

Google Photos allows you to save all your photos to one location, no matter what device or operating system you’re using.

Google Calendar (link)

Google Calendar streamlines the calendar experience with Schedule View, highlighting the events for every day along with syncing with your Gmail—including flights, hotels, concerts and restaurant reservations.

Word Flow Keyboard (link)

Word Flow is a customizable keyboard that features swipe typing and a cool new one-handed mode that arcs the keyboard to either hand you chose to type with just your thumb.


Danny Zepeda

Born and raised in Southern California, Danny grew up on a steady diet Pixar, Star Wars and Steven Spielberg movies. Unbeknownst to him, this was...